ERIE, Pa. — Here’s a question for Alexa: What happens when the “Internet of Things” – an ever-expanding network of Wi-Fi-enabled objects, including your smartwatch and your Amazon Echo Dot – begins to think for itself?
It’s going to happen, said Linda Bernardi, the former chief innovation officer at IBM and an early advocate of the RFID technology that made the “Internet of Things,” or IoT, possible.
“We have laid out the progression of IoT, from a basic device on the Internet to when things become highly intelligent, anticipating in advance and meeting customer needs and enhancing experiences,” wrote Bernardi in her blog. “We are not there yet, but we are on our way.”
Bernardi will visit Penn State Behrend as part of the college’s Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 13. Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in McGarvey Commons, in the Reed Union Building, and is free and open to the public.
IoT already connects more than 23 billion devices. That’s three networked devices for every person on the planet. More than half are consumer products: smart TVs, video doorbells, fitness trackers and grill thermometers.
“The focus has shifted from ‘Internet enabling’ devices to ‘integrating,’ to ‘intelligently integrating,’” Bernardi wrote in her blog. “Working in concert, these technologies become a mobile, responsive, immersive personal ecosystem designed to create high-value experiences for the customer – and let the customer control his or her own experiences.”